Porsche 911 Carrera, GT and Turbo (997) (Ultimate Buyers' Guide) Paperback – 27 Nov 2008
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Here are some highlights I found noteworthy:
(1) The 997 looks a bit more retro than the 996 (in a good way).
(2) The 997 is about 1.5 inches wider than the 996.
(3) The body structure of the cabriolet was developed in parallel with the coupe, rather than as an afterthought. As a result, the performance of the cabriolet is close to that of the coupe, and the 997 cabriolet is among the stiffest convertibles available from any manufacturer.
(4) The cabriolet has rollover bars which deploy automatically.
(5) The stick shift in the 997 has about 15% shorter throws than the 996, but is a bit stiffer, particularly when the gearbox is cold.
(6) AWD improves traction, but RWD has a lighter and more agile feel, and more communicative steering, and thus tends to be the driver's choice. RWD far outsells AWD.
(7) Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is set to activate only at fairly high limits.
(8) Because of the rear-engine layout, older generations of the 911 had tricky handling at or near the limit (thus the maxim "don't lift the throttle in corners"), but that's not the case with the 997.
(9) Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is new to the 997, and includes electronically controlled dampers. Some might consider the Sport setting too firm for public roads. Also, there is some debate about whether PASM makes the car's handling feel less natural, but this is more with the 997.1 rather than 997.2.
(10) The 997 has variable-ratio steering which is less direct on center and then tightens when turned. Some say this has made the steering less communicative, but others say this has improved steering response while filtering out unnecessary noise.
(11) The 997 has one of the best braking systems available in a road car.
(12) The S far outsells the base 911, mainly because it's faster, lower, stiffer, has wider tires, sounds better, and looks better.
(13) The engine of the 997.2 was redesigned compared to the 997.1, with use of direct fuel injection being a key upgrade. The result is increased power and much more responsiveness. The new engine is smooth and reasonably quiet at lower revs, but very sporty at higher revs. The power noticably increases at about 4,000 rpm, and further at 5,000 rpm.
(14) The 997.2 has hill assist, to prevent the car from rolling backwards when moving from a stop on a slope over about 5%.
(15) The ride quality of the 997.2 has been improved compared to the 997.1.
(16) The interior of the 997 has been improved compared to the 996.
(17) The 997 is a robust car which can handle track use.
Well written and nicely illustrated. Whether you are a Porsche fan or a Porsche owner, and particularly if you are thinking of buying a new or previously-owned 997, this book is a must-have.
Simple page headers that reflected the section headings would have made it so much more readable.